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Right not to owner: Provided, That this act shall not apply where there is a valid apply in certain written agreement subsisting, by virtue of which such captain would be

entitled to possession, nor in any case where a captain has possession as part owner, obtained before the passage of this act.

APPROVED, April 9, 1872.

April 9, 1872. CHAP. XCI. – An Act to settle and quiet the Titles to Lands along the Boundary Line

between the States of Georgia and Florida. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Titles to cer- States of America in Congress assembled, That the titles to all lands lying tain lands in

south of the line dividing the States of Georgia and Florida, known as Georgia and Florida, so far as the Orr and Whitner line, lately established as the true boundary between derived from the said States, and north of the line run by Georgia, known as the Watson United States, confirmed.

line, being all the lands lying between said lines, be, and the same are hereby, confirmed, so far as the United States has title thereto, in the present owners deriving titles from the State of Georgia.

APPROVED, April 9, 1872.

April 12, 1872.

CHAP. XCVI. - An Act granting the Right of Way through the public Lands for the [Supplementary

Construction of a Railroad

from Great Salt Lake to Portland, Oregon. act, 1873, ch. 292.

Post, p. 612.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
Right of way States of America in Congress assembled, That for the purpose of aiding
granted to the
Portland, Dalles,

in the construction of a railroad and telegraph line from Portland, in the and Salt Lake State of Oregon, by the way of Dalles city, to some suitable point on the Railroad Co. for Union Pacific or Central Pacific railroad in the vicinity of Salt Lake, not graph, with land further east than Green river, with a branch

from a suitable point west of for depots, &c. the Blue mountains to a suitable point in Walla-Walla valley, there are

hereby granted to the Portland, Dalles, and Salt Lake Railroad Company, organized under articles of incorporation filed in the office of the secretary of state of Oregon on the twenty-fifth day of March, anno Domini eighteen hundred and seventy-one, and to their successors and assigns, a strip of land one hundred feet wide on each side of the centre line of said road, and the necessary lands for depots, stations, side-tracks, and other needful

uses in operating said road and telegraph, not exceeding forty acres at Locations for any one place: Provided, That the locations for depots, stations, and sidedepots, &c., not to exceed, &c.

tracks shall not exceed for the whole line of said road more than one location of forty acres for every ten miles of the same, and when made

upon surveyed lands shall conform to the government surveys thereof. Plat of located Sec. 2. That said company shall, within six months after the location section, &c., to

of section of twenty miles or more of their said road, if the same be be filed within, &c.

upon surveyed land, and if upon unsurveyed land, then within six months after the survey thereof by the United States, file a plat of such located section, together with proof thereof, with the register of the land office for the district wherein said located section may be situated, and upon approval thereof the same shall be noted upon the township plats in said office, and thereafter all lands over which the said line of road shall pass

shall be sold, located, or disposed of by the United States, subject to such Road when to right of way so located as aforesaid : Provided, That the line of said road be located and completed.

shall be located within three years after the passage of this act: And provided further, That said road shall be completed within ten years thereafter.

APPROVED, April 12, 1872.

any

April 13, 1872. CHAP. XCIX. - An Act to change the Time for holding the Spring Term of the United

States Circuit and District courts at Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Time of hold- States of America in Congress assembled, That instead of the time now ing the United provided for in the act approved February first, eighteen hundred and

seventy-two, “ to change the times for holding circuit and district courts States courts at of the United States for western district of Virginia,” for holding the Harrisonburg, spring term at Harrisonburg, in that State, said courts shall be held 1872, ch. 9. thereat on the Tuesday after the first Monday in May in each year. Ante, p. 28.

APPROVED, April 13, 1872. CHAP. CII. — An Act for the Relief of the Officers and Crew of the United States Steamer April 17, 1872.

* Kearsarge." Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, "That the Secretary of the Navy The estimated be, and he hereby is, authorized and directed to pay, out of money here- value of the after to be appropriated, to Rear Admiral John A. Winslow, and the offi- * Alabama.” to cers and crew belonging to the United States steamer “ Kearsarge,” while officers and crew engaged in the capture and destruction of the vessel called the “ Alabama,” of the " Kearon the nineteenth day of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, the sum bounty, &c. of one hundred and ninety thousand dollars, the same being the estimated 1864,ch. 174, $11. value thereof, to be distributed to the officers and crew attached to the Vol. xiii. p. 310. “Kearsarge” at the date above named according to the pay-roll of the ship See Post, p. 352. at the time, and to be in lieu of the bounty authorized by the eleventh section of the act of June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, entitled “ An act to regulate prize proceedings, and so forth :" Provided, That No money to no money shall be paid to the assignee of any of said officers or crew, entitled be paid to the to receive the same, but only to himself in person, or to his wife, or to his assignee of any personal representatives, excluding any such assignee: And provided further, That if any of the officers or crew of said United States steamer“ Kear- If bounty has sarge” shall have received the bounty provided for by the said section eleven been received,

amount to be of the act of June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, the same shall

deducted. be deducted from the amount to be paid to such officer or seaman under this act.

APPROVED, April 17, 1872.

CHAP. CIII. - An Act to change the Boundaries of the Collection District of Brazos de April 17, 1872.

Santiago, in the State of Texas. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the county of Starr, now Starr County, forming a part of the collection district of Corpus Christi, in the State of Texas, annexed Texas, shall be detached therefrom and annexed to the collection district district of Brazos of Brazos de Santiago, and form a part of said district in said State. de Santiago

APPROVED, April 17, 1872. CHAP. CIV. - An Act to authorize William C. Jardine to make Application to the Com- April 17, 1872.

missioner of Patents for the Issue of a Patent for his Improvement in Brake and Rest for Carts.

WHEREAS William C. Jardine's application for improvement in brake Preamble. and rests for carts was passed for issue September eleventh, eighteen hundred and sixty-nine, but by the neglect of his agent application and payment for the issue of the same was not made within the the time required by law : Therefore,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Patent may States of America in Congress assembled, That William C. Jardine be au- C Jardine for, thorized to make application to the commissioner of patents for the issue &c., if, &c. of a patent for his improvement in brake and rest for carts, and that the commissioner of patents be authorized to issue a patent for the same if he should deem it right and proper : Provided, That such application be made and the proper fees be paid within one year from the passage of this act, any thing in the proviso contained in the thirty-fifth section of the act entitled “ An act to revise, consolidate, and amend the statutes relating to patents 1870, ch 230,5 36. and copyrights,” approved July eighth, eighteen hundred and seventy, to the Vol. xvi. p. 202. contrary notwithstanding: Provided, That the issue of such patent shall not Certain inter

vening rights not affect the right to use said patented improvement of any person who, since affected. the eleventh day of September, eighteen hundred and sixty-nine, and prior

to the approval of this act, may have procured, and at the time of such
approval shall be using, said patented improvement.
APPROVED, April 17, 1872.

April 22, 1872. CHAP. CXI. – An Act to erect two new Land Districts in the State of Nebraska. See 1872, ch. 241.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Post, p. 192.

Western land States of America in Congress assembled, That all that part of the State district estab- of Nebraska which lies west of range twenty-eight west of the sixth prinlished in New braska.

cipal meridian, in the State of Nebraska, be, and the same is hereby, constituted and erected into a new land district, to be named and called the

Western district. Republican SEC. 2. That all those parts of the present South Platte and Nemaha Valley district. districts, in the State of Nebraska, which lie west of range four and east

of range twenty-eight west of the sixth principal meridian be, and the same are hereby, erected into and constituted a new land district, to be named and

called the Republican Valley district. Register and Sec. 3. That the President be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed receiver for such to appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, a register and residence, duties, a receiver for each of said land districts, who shall be required to reside at and pay.

the site of the land-office in each case, respectively, and shall perform like duties and be entitled to receive the same amount of compensation, respectively, as are now prescribed by law for other land-offices in said State.

APPROVED, April 22, 1872.

April 22, 1872. CHAP. CXII. -- An Act to extend the Time for filing Claims for additional Bounty, under 1866, ch. 296,

the Act of July twenty-eight, eighteen hundred and sixty-six. $$ 12, 13. Vol. xiv. p. 322.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Time of filing States of America in Congress assembled, That the time for filing claims claims for certain for additional bounty, under the act of July twenty-eighth, eighteen hunadditional boun- dred and sixty-six, and which expired by limitation January thirteenth, ty extended. 1869, ch. 133, $ 4.

eighteen hundred and seventy-one, be, and the same is hereby, revived and Vol. xv. p. 334. extended until the thirtieth day of January, eighteen hundred and seventy1870, ch. 253. three; and that all claims for such bounties filed in the proper department

(See Y875;ch. after the thirteenth day of January, eighteen hundred and seventy-one, and 281.

before the passage of this act, shall be deemed to have been filed in due time, Post, p. 608.] and shall be considered and decided without filing.

APPROVED, April 22, 1872.

April 22, 1872. CHAP. CXIII. – An Act authorizing the Secretary of War to deliver condemned Ordnance

to certain Soldiers' monumental Associations. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Condemned States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War be, ordnance for cer- and is hereby, authorized to deliver (if the same can be done without detri

' monumental ment to the government) four condemned cannon and sixteen cannon-balls, associations; for the purpose of ornamenting the grounds surrounding soldiers' monus

ments, to each of the following associations, viz. :

To the Jefferson County, Ohio, Monumental Association ;
To the Washington County, Pennsylvania, Monument Association ;
To the Soldiers' Monument Association at Cortland Village, New York;
To the Hancock County, Ohio, Soldiers' Monumental Association;
To the Soldiers' Monument Association at Greencastle, Indiana ;
To the Buchanan County, Iowa, Soldiers' Monument Association ;

To the Youngstown, Ohio, Soldiers' Monument Association ; for national And a like number to the Superintendent of the National Cemetery at cemetery at An- Andersonville, Georgia, to be placed in said cemetery. dersonville.

APPROVED, April 22, 1872.

CHAP. CXIV. - An Act in Relation to Bounties.

April 22, 1872. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That every volunteer, non-com- Bounty to permissioned officer, private, musician, and artificer who enlisted into the mili- sons who enlisted tary service of the United States prior to July twenty-second, eighteen service prior to hundred and sixty-one, under the proclamation of the President of the July 2, 1861, &c. United States of May third, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, and the Vol. xii. p. 1260. orders of the War Department issued in pursuance thereof, and was actually mustered before August sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, into any regiment, company, or battery, which was accepted by the War Department under such proclamation and orders, shall be paid the full bounty of one hundred dollars, under and by virtue of the said proclamation and orders of the War Department, in force at the time of such enlistment and prior to July twenty-second, eighteen hundred and sixtyone: Provided, That the same has not already been paid.

Proviso. APPROVED, April 22, 1872.

CHAP. CXV.- An Act authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to make certain Negotia- April 23, 1872.

tions with the Ute Indians in Colorado. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior Negotiations to be, and he is hereby, authorized and empowered to enter into negotiations be made with the with the Ute Indians, in Colorado Territory, for the extinguishment of their Ute Indians,

to right to the south part of a certain reservation made in pursuance of a treaty right in a certain concluded March second, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, situate in the reservation. southwest portion of the said Territory of Colorado; and report his pro- Vol. xv. p. 619. ceedings under this act to Congress for its consideration, the expense of such negotiation to be paid by the United States, and to be hereafter appropriated.

APPROVED, April 23, 1872.

CHAP. CXVIII. – An Act to create the Linkton Land District, in the State of Oregon. April 24, 1872.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United See 1872, ch. 241. States of America in Congress assembled, That all that portion of the Linkton land State of Oregon lying south of the fourth standard parallel south of the district in Oregon

established. base-line, between townships eighteen and nineteen south, and east of the meridian line between ranges five and six in said State, shall constitute an additional land district, to be called the Linkton district; and the office of said district shall be located at Linkville, subject to be Office. changed by the President of the United States as the public interests may require.

Sec. 2. That the President be, and he is hereby, authorized to appoint, Register and in accordance with existing laws authorizing appointments to office, a receiver; register and a receiver for the district hereby created, who shall each be their residence, required to reside at the site of the office for said district, have the same pay, duties, &c. powers, responsibilities, and emoluments, and be subject to the same acts and penalties which are or may be prescribed by law in relation to other land officers of the United States for the State of Oregon.

Sec. 3. That all sales and locations made at the offices of the district Certain sales in which the lands embraced in this district have hitherto been included, confirmed. situate within the limits of this district, which shall be valid and right in other respects up to the day on which the new office shall go into operation, be, and the same are hereby confirmed.

APPROVED, April 24, 1872.

67.

April 24, 1872. CHAP. CXIX. - An Act to extend the Time for the Completion of the military Road from

Fort Wilkins, at Copper Harbor, in the State of Michigan, to Fort Howard, at Green

Bay, in the State of Wisconsin. Time for completing the mili

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United tary road from States of America in Congress assembled, That the time for the construcFort Wilkins to tion and completion of the military road from Fort Wilkins, at Copper extended, with Harbor, in the State of Michigan, to Fort Howard, at Green Bay, in the original rights, State of Wisconsin, be, and the same is hereby, extended until the first 1863, ch. 104. day of January, eighteen hundred and seventy-four. Vol. xii. p. 797. Sec. 2. That all the grants, rights, and privileges contained in the 1868, ch, 54, original grant be continued in full force and virtue for said time. Vol. xv. P.

1870, ch. 93. APPROVED, April 24, 1872. Vol. xvi. p. 121. April 27, 1872. CHAP. CXXV. - An Act relating to Proposals and Contracts for Transportation of [Repealed.

the Mails, and for other Purposes. See Post, pp. 326, 330.]

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Persons bid States of America in Congress assembled, That any person or persons ding for carrying bidding for the transportation of the mails upon any route which may be tised routes, and advertised to be let, and receiving an award of the contract for such awarded the con- service, who shall wrongfully refuse or fail to enter into contract with tract for such service, wrong

the postmaster-general, in due form, and perform the service described fully refusing to in his or their bid or proposal, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, enter into the on conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand contract, &c. to dollars, and by imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months. misdemeanor, Sec. 2. That each bid for carrying the mail shall hereafter have affixed and fined and

to it the oath of the bidder, taken before an officer qualified to administer imprisoned.

"Oath of bidder oaths, that he has the ability pecuniarily to fulfil his obligations, and that to be affixed to the bid is made in good faith and with the intention to enter into coneach bid for car tract and perform the service, in case his bid shall be accepted; and that and to contain the signatures of his guarantors are genuine, and that he believes said what.

guarantors pecuniarily responsible for and able to pay all damages the United States shall suffer by reason of the bidder's failing to perform his

obligations as such bidder. Penalty upon

Sec. 3. That any postmaster or other officer of the Post-office Depostmasters, &c., partment who shall affix his signature to the certificate of sufficiency of for signing certificate of suffi

guarantors or sureties before the guaranty or contract is signed by the ciency of guar- guarantors or sureties, or shall knowingly make any false or illusory cerantors before,

tificate, shall be forthwith dismissed from office and shall be deemed guilty &c., or for knowingly making a

of a misdemeanor, and shall, on conviction thereof, be punished by a fine false certificate. not exceeding one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment not exceeding

one year, or both. No bidder re Sec. 4. That no bidder for carrying the mails shall be released from leased from his his obligation under his bid or proposal, notwithstanding an award made bid by an award to a lower bidder to a lower bidder, until a contract for the designated service shall have until, &c. been duly executed by such lower bidder and his sureties, and accepted,

and the service entered upon by the contractor to the satisfaction of the

postmaster-general. If any regular

Sec. 5. That after any regular bidder or contractor for the transportabidder, &c., fails tion of the mail upon any route shall have failed to enter into contract, to enter into con- and commence the performance thereof as herein provided, the postmaster-general to master-general shall proceed to contract with the next lowest bidder for do what. such service, who will enter into a contract and perform the same, unless

the postmaster-general shall consider such bid too high; in which case Regular con- he shall re-advertise such service. And in all cases of regular contracts tracts hereafter hereafter made, the contract may, in the discretion of the postmastercontinued for not general. be continued in force beyond its express terms for a period not over six months. exceeding six months, until a new contract with the same or other con

tractors shall be made by the postmaster-general.

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